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  Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos, New Mexico
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Even before the Pilgrims came to America, settlements were in the area now known as New Mexico The Spanish had followed the Rio Grande north from Mexico & had established ranches & missions in the river valley in the 16th Century!

American settlers didn't arrive until the 19th century, but it's the Spanish influence that gives New Mexico its special character.

There are Native American pueblos & cliff dwellings as well as adobe architecture; there's stunning colorful rock shapes; I saw cattle ranches; best of all, I experienced the national park, Carlsbad Caverns, the largest known caves in the world.
Most impressive was the giant stone columns of the Big Room which is a 14-acre cavern with a ceiling so high (we were told) that "a 40-story building would fit inside"!

Two "must see" towns are
Santa Fe & Taos where you experience the blend of Indian, Hispanic, & Anglo-American cultures. Of real interest is the architectural style of the free-form adobe houses, built with local soil; thus filled with multi-colors..

Modern Taos has become an artist's colony. All sorts of artists such as writers, painters, & sculptors live here. They love the quality of the light, the isolation, &, I assume, the mix of cultures.

I have pottery from New Mexico that sits on my fireplace. It's made by hand & painted with a brush made from a short piece of yucca stem. The paint pigment comes from the soil or plants. This pottery is called
Pueblo pottery.

One of my favorite artists,
Georgia O'Keeffe derived her inspiration from New Mexico's landscapes.

Sites to see:

Bandelier National Monument (Los Alamos) where ancient Indians carved rooms out of canyon walls & built pueblo villages.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park with Doll's Theater and Hall of the Giants.

Old Town (Albuquerque) with its original plaza and historic buildings, especially the Church of San Felipe de Neri.

There are many more wonderful place; discover them for yourself in
New Mexico

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  • Updated Apr 5, 2005
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